Julie Hyzy's White House Chef mysteries introduced us to Olivia (Ollie) Paras. In her sixth adventure, "Fonduing Fathers," Ollie's mother hints at some suspicious circumstances around the murder of Ollie's father. The case was never solved. Even though her father was dishonorably discharged from the Army, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Ollie's boyfriend Gav, a Secret Service agent, helps her to unravel the mystery.
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Cotton candy, sideshows, games and hot dogs. Amusement parks or carnivals in the summer is where you can find them. Palisades Park by Alan Brennert is a family saga about the Stopka family who worked at the Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey. Toni has the dream of being a high diver ever since she saw one at the park when she was a child. Fires, the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor all intrude on dreams of Toni and her family. The author grew up in the shadow of Palisades and this book is a love letter to the park.
I've always wondered what it would be like to drive the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. Author Dave Ihlenfeld spent a year doing just that, and chronicled his adventures in "Dog Days: a year in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile." He learned that there are only so many hot dog related puns you can take. Read it with relish.
I love Smith Magazine's six word memoirs. "Not Quite What I was Planning: Six word memoirs by writers famous and obscure" is another collection for fans of this addictive form. Some of my favorites: "Aging late bloomer yearns for do-over;" "Girlfriend is pregnant, my husband said;" "Hope my obituary spells 'debonair' correctly;" "Still lost on road less traveled."
Here's mine: "Once a waitress, always a waitress."